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Commissions

Would you like a unique painting to remind you of a special occasion or as a gift for someone?

Then why not commission an original oil painting? Prices start from about £1750 for a 12 x 9 (31 x 23cms) unframed oil on canvas painting. A black and white pencil sketch of the same size would be approximately £550.

A painting 30 x 20 (76 x 51cms) would cost in the region of £4000. Prices are governed by the size and complexity of the painting or drawing, but once agreed at the start the price is guaranteed to remain the same. Requests for larger paintings are always welcome.  No VAT is chargeable on our original paintings and drawings.

Please enquire about paying for an original painting by interest free instalments.

As you can see from our list of paintings below, the majority have been sold and often there is a waiting time for commissions. If you any questions please don't hesitate to give me a call on 01225 444929 or email sw@swafineart.com
I guarantee there will be no pressure or obligation to buy.

Sean Whyte, Chief Executive/Owner, SWA Fine Art Publishers Limited
 
     

 

 

 

Attack on the Tirpitz

 
 


Attack on the Tirpitz

November 12th 1944. Lancaster's from No's 617 and 9 Squadron bombed the German battleship 'Admiral von Tirpitz' at anchor just off Tromso. Using Barnes Wallis designed Tallboy bombs dropped from between 12,000 to 16,000 feet they delivered several very close misses and three or more direct hits. A column of steam and smoke shot up to 300 feet and within a few minutes the massive ship began to turn turtle. The RAF and Royal Navy had had several previous 'goes' at the Tirpitz with limited success, but on this occasion the threat from this extremely powerful warship ended.
 
The painting depicts Wing Commander J B Tait's Lancaster after his bombing run 'staying on the scene' to observe the outcome of the mission. The rest of 617 and 9 Squadron aircraft complete their runs and turn to head home to Lossiemouth. Down below at low level another Lancaster is orbiting and filming the destruction. This Lancaster came from 463 Squadron and was the last one to return home. With only one Lancaster being seriously damaged all the aircraft completed the mission.

An oil on canvas painting. 

Price:  SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

Tornado Strike

 
 


Tornado Strike

by Philip E. West

Oil on canvas painting. Size: 30” x 18”


Today's RAF Tornado's and the aircrew that fly them offer a world-class interdiction/ground attack and reconnaissance package that is second to none. The Tornado GR4 is capable of supersonic speeds and flight at low-level, making it one of the most potent attack aircraft in the world today. New systems and weapon's upgrades will ensure that the Tornado remains a versatile, effective and vital platform for many years to come.

Price:  £2495

 

 

 

 

 
 


Jaguar Patrol

by Philip E. West

Originally built as a joint effort between Great Britain and France, the SEPECAT Jaguar has over the years of service, more than lived up to it's powerful feline name, providing the RAF with a supersonic ground attack and reconnaissance platform. During combat and support missions the 'Big Cat' has proven to be a very reliable and potent asset.

Oil on canvas painting. Size: 30” x 18”

Price:  £2495

 

 

 

 

 
 


Lightning Tribute

by Stephen Brown.

Oil on canvas painting. Overall size: 38” x 24”

This painting is signed on the back of the canvas by all four men
who have signed the main print edition.

Lightning F. Mk 1As of 56 Squadron on a pilot training sortie during 1963. During the early 1960’s many Lightning squadrons gave their aircraft colourful paint schemes, none was more striking than 56 Squadron (The Firebirds), who in 1963 doubled as the official RAF display team.

Conceived in a post-war period when speed, acceleration and climb rate were the key measures of a fighter, the English Electric Lightning excelled on all counts. Capable of Mach 2 in level flight, the Lightning provided the backbone of Britain’s front-line Cold War defence until well into the 1970’s.

Price:  Please enquire

 

 

 

 

 
 

The Sun Sets on the Reich

by Stephen Brown

Original Oil Painting

General Adolf Galland leads the Me262s of JV44 over the Austrian Alps in April of 1945.

JV44 was formed by the Luftwaffe early in 1945 in a last desperate attempt to stem the advance of the Allied forces. Led by General Adolf Galland the unit flew the revolutionary new jet fighter, the Me262. JV44 was dubbed the ‘Squadron of Experts’ because it consisted almost entirely of famous fighter aces from all fronts of the war. 
 

Canvas size: 38 x 12 inches  Framed size: 42 x 18 inches

Price: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

Mustangs Over the Reich

 
 


Mustangs Over the Reich

As the Second World War drew to a close, Allied bombers and fighters were able to fly relatively unchallenged over German territory. A lack of fuel, trained pilots and serviceable aircraft prevented the Luftwaffe from mounting any meaningful resistance.

In “Mustangs Over the Reich” by Stephen Brown, P51 Mustangs of 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group range deep into the Reich in a search for targets of opportunity. By VE-day the 4th had become the top scoring Fighter Group with over 1,000 victories against the Luftwaffe.

Price:  £1895

If you would like to know the dimensions and price please
either call 01225 44929 0r email

 

 

 

 

Dambusters – The Dash for Home

an original oil painting by Stephen Brown

The canvas measures approx. 24” x 12” / 61cms x 31cms

Having crossed Germany and Holland at full throttle and tree top height, Bill Townsend’s Lancaster evades the German coastal gun batteries and heads out over the North Sea and homewards.

Tasked with attacking the Ennepe Dam, Bill Townsend’s Lancaster
AJ-O was actually in the air the longest of any taking part in the raid and he was subsequently awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for valour.

The canvas is signed on the back in permanent ink by five members of the legendary 617 Squadron. Imagine having such a painting and talking point in your home!

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM
(Bomb Aimer on Dambuster AJ-T which attacked
the Sorpe Dam)

Squadron Leader L S ‘Benny’ Goodman
(617 Sqn Pilot who took part in the Tirpitz raid)

Flt. Lt. Murray R. Valentine (Wireless Operator 617 Squadron)

Flt. Lt. Arthur Poore D.F.C. (Pilot 617 Squadron)

F/ O Basil Fish (Navigator 617 Squadron)

Price:  £1495

 

 

 

 
 
 

Channel Patrol
Channel Patrol

by Stephen Brown

Spitfire of 19 Squadron during a Channel patrol in September 1940. Although seemingly alone in the sky the young pilots have no time to admire the cliffs of Beachy Head below them or the sun setting behind them. They must remain constantly vigilant or risk being caught off guard by Luftwaffe fighters. The Battle of Britain is drawing to a close and 19 Squadron have more than played their part in the struggle for control of the country’s skies. Based at Duxford and later Fowlmere, 19 Squadron fought with distinction during a sustained period of almost continuous front line combat.

Canvas measures 38 x 12 inches / 97 x 30cms.

This original oil on canvas painting is signed on the back of the canvas by these brave Spitfire pilots: Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC, Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC and Lieutenant Lionel Peter Twiss
(please see below for further details)
 
Price:  £1595

 

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC joined the RAF with a Short Service Commission in August 1939. He joined 92 Squadron flying Spitfires in June 1940 at the time of Dunkirk. He flew throughout the Battle of Britain, later
completing over 50 fighter sweeps and escorts over northern France and Belgium until August 1941.

He then joined 65 Squadron as Flight Commander in March 1942 operating over northern France and flew off Aircraft Carrier Furious
on operation Pedestal, to Malta. (Geoff was a Flt. Lt. during “Operation Pedestal”) He returned to the UK as a test pilot Gloster Aircraft and finished the war as a Pilot Attack Instructor. Geoff was credited with three destroyed, four probables and several damaged and was awarded the DFC in July 1941.

Geoff’s Best Selling book “First Light”, recalling his wartime flying career, is highly recommended by SWA Fine Art. To give you some idea of the popularity of this book, sales to date have exceeded 500,000 copies! You can purchase a copy and have it signed by Geoff on the day.

 

Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC. Few RAF pilots flew operationally from the beginning to the end of the Second World War. Fewer still can claim to have experienced action from Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, El Alamein and the D-Day landings, to bomber escort duty in the closing days of the war in Europe. Peter Ayerst is one such man.

Peter joined the RAF in 1938 on a short service commission and was despatched to France when war broke out. After serving with legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader, Peter was posted to North Africa in 1942 where he was forced to crash-land his Hurricane in a minefield. Peter flew Spitfires on intruder sorties over France before and during D-Day, on bomber escort duty against V-weapons sites and in support of mass daylight raids deep into Germany. Awarded the DFC in December 1944, he also flew as fighter escort to King George VI's Dakota. By the war's end, Peter had flown every mark of Spitfire and Hurricane in the RAF's inventory! This stood him in good stead after the war when he worked with famous test pilot Alex Henshaw: he was part of the flight-test crew when Henshaw rolled a Lancaster!

Sqn. Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (Pilot. 617 Sqn) volunteered for aircrew at 18 years of age and was called up in 1940. After basic training he went to RAF Abingdon – a Whitley O.T.U – for what he was told would be ‘straight through’ training. This did not materialise and he found himself in the role of a Ground Gunner. In 1941, a posting eventually came through to the Initial Training Wing followed by Elementary Flying School at Peterborough and an instructor’s course at Woodley, Reading; then to Clyffe Pyparde, a holding unit. A sea journey to Canada followed and Service Flying Training School on Ansons. On completion he was posted to Kingston, Ontario, to instruct Acting Leading Naval Airmen on the Royal Navy tactics of the time. e.g. jinking after take off, dive bombing etc. “However, I had to learn everything first, so I was just about one step ahead of the students! said Benny.

Eventually returning to the UK and O.T.U. on Wellingtons at Silverstone and Heavy Conversion Bomber Unit at Swinderby on Stirlings. Then a short course at the Lancaster Conversion Unit. After an interview Benny and his crew were surprised and delighted to find they had been selected for 617 Squadron – this was in 1944 and they stayed together as a crew on 617 Squadron until the war in Europe ended. He completed 30 missions – all with William “Jock” Burnett as his flight engineer. Notable raids Benny took part in were on the Tirpitz (29/10/44), dropping the Grand Slam 22,000 bomb on the Arnsberg Viaduct (19/03/45) and the attack on Berchtesgarten ‘Eagles nest’ (25/05/45).

Lieutenant Commander Lionel Peter Twiss (born 23 July 1921) OBE DSC and Bar is a British pilot, who held the World Air Speed Record.

Educated at Sherborne School, he had been rejected by the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot but when the Second World War broke out, he was accepted as a Naval Airman Second Class. After training at 14 E &RFTS at Castle Bromwich and Yeovilton, he was employed on target-towing duties in the Orkneys. He then served with the MSFU on catapult ships flying Hawker Hurricanes. During the Malta Convoys in 1942 he flew with 807 Squadron, on Fairey Fulmars, from the carrier HMS Argus. For these operations he received the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). Later in the year the Squadron converted to the Supermarine Seafires flying from HMS Furious for the Operation Torch landings in North Africa. During the Allied landings in Algeria and Morocco he added a bar to his DSC, gazetted in March 1943.By this time he had shot down one Italian aircraft ( a Fiat CR 42 on 14 May 1942) and damaged another.

He then flew long range intruder operations over Germany from Ford Naval Air Station, developing night fighter tactics with the RAF's Fighter Interception Unit. He claimed 2 Ju 88's shot down during 1944. During the war Twiss began to get opportunities to fly new aircraft and began test flying in late 1944 in the United States. By the end of the war he was a Lieutenant-commander.

In 1946, Twiss joined Fairey Aviation as a test pilot and flew many of the company's aircraft, including the Fairey Primer, Fairey Gannet, Fairey Firefly, and the Fairey Rotodyne compound-helicopter. In 1947 he entered the Lympne Air Races flying a Firefly IV, winning the High-speed Race at 305.93mph [1]. He worked two years on the Fairey Delta 2, a supersonic delta-winged research plane. On 10 March 1956 this aircraft flown by Twiss broke the World Speed Record raising it to 1,132 mph (1811 km/h), an increase of some 300 mph (480 km/h) over the record set in year before by an F-100 Super Sabre, and thus became the first aircraft to exceed 1,000 mph in level flight.

In 1959 Fairey Aviation was sold to Westland Aircraft a helicopter manufacturer, which was not Twiss's area. Twiss joined Fairey Marine in 1960 and was responsible for development and sales of day-cruisers. He appeared in From Russia with Love driving one of the company's speedboats. In 1969 driving the Fairey Huntsman 707 Fordsport he took part in the Round Britain Powerboat Race, including among his crew Rally champion Roger Clark. He also appeared in the film Sink the Bismarck in which he flew a Fairey Swordfish.

 

 


 
 
 

They Landed by Moonlight
They Landed by Moonlight

by Philip E. West

An outstanding oil on canvas painting by Philip E. West.
For sale on behalf of clients.
The painting is in ‘as new’ condition.

With little more than a map, compass and watch, Lysander pilots of the Special Operation Executive (SOE) roamed far and wide over Occupied Europe.
Mainly during full moon periods, they would deliver equipment to the Resistance, drop off secret agents then return to Britain with escaping aircrew or agents.
The skill and bravery of these pilots was remarkable.

SOLD

 

 

 

 
 
 

 



"Tirpitz Re-visited"

An outstanding oil on canvas painting by Philip E. West.
For sale on behalf of clients who are downsizing their home.
The painting is in ‘as new’ condition.

Depicting Sqn. Ldr. Frank Dodd and P/O Eric Hill flying low under unexpected heavy fire in a ten-and-a-half-hour sortie to Tromso Fjord on 22nd March 1945, to obtain confirmation of the final demise of the pride of the German navy - the battleship Tirpitz

The canvas measures 90cm x 55cm

SOLD

 

 

 

 
Maximum Effort
 
 


Maximum Effort

An outstanding oil on canvas painting by Philip E. West.
For sale on behalf of clients who are downsizing their home.
The painting is in ‘as new’ condition.

Canvas size approximately 48” x 24” / 122cm x 60cm.

Based at Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire from June 1943, 101 Squadron was selected to test new equipment designed to jam the VHF frequencies used by German fighter controllers. A system, code-named "Airborne Cigar" or ABC for short, was operated by a eighth crew member - the Special Operator on board the Lancaster bomber who could understand German and listen into the German controller's transmissions, jamming them before they alerted their night fighters to the position of the bombers. ABC soon proved its worth and from October 1943 101 Sqn. ABC aircraft flew with all Bomber Command main force attacks, consequently 101 Squadron suffered higher losses than other 1 Group Squadrons. In an attempt to reduce the losses the Squadron was the first to be fitted with twin 0.5 browning machine guns in the rear turret.
Only a handful of airfields were equipped with a fog dispersal system known as F.I.D.O. The fact that Ludford Magna was one of the chosen few is a measure of the importance attached to 101 Sqn.

SOLD

 

 

 

 

MOSQUITO STRIKE
 
 


MOSQUITO STRIKE


Original oil painting on canvas by Philip E. West

For sale on behalf of clients who are downsizing their home.

The painting is in ‘as new’ condition.

This is a FBVI  Mosquito of 613 Squadron of 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force based at Lasham until November 1944 when it moved to Epinoy. On 4/5 June 1944 the squadron took part in 18 interdictory sorties in the Caen area. After D-Day the presence of the Mosquito squadrons virtually put a stop to enemy troop movements through their sustained operations against transport links as depicted in the painting. One of the most notable operations took place in August 1944 when Air Vice Marshall Embry led 14 of  the squadron to attack the school at Egletons in support of the local Maquis as it was being used as a barracks by the SS.

Canvas size approx. 45cms x 20cms / 18” x 8”


SOLD

 

 

 

 


 
 

Time To Go

Original oil painting by Philip E. West

A rare opportunity to acquire one of Philip’s earlier and most popular paintings. For sale on behalf of clients who are downsizing their home.

The painting is in ‘as new’ condition.

Late 1944 and as the sun sets, Mark XIX Mosquito night fighters from 85 and 157 Squadrons based at RAF Swannington “crew up” for their next operation over hostile territory. These Mosquitoes scored many victories in the defence of Bomber Command aircraft and their crews during their relentless and dangerous missions over Germany.

Canvas size 76cms x 26cms / 30” x. 10.5”

SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


Churchill's Maiden Voyage in Ascalon

by Philip E. West

May 28th June 1943. Gibraltar. Avro York 'Ascalon' leaves the North Front with a Spitfire escort. On board were Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Generals Alexander, Ismay and Allenbrooke, plus Air Marshal Tedder and General Marshall (USA) all heading out on a tour of North Africa with stops in Algiers,

Chatcaudun du Rhummel (a USAAC B-17 base), Tunis and Grombalia.The Avro York was built as a transport aircraft using the wings and tail arrangement from the Lancaster Bomber design.

Original oil on canvas painting measuring approx 20” x 36”

The back of the canvas has been signed by the Navigator on this flight,
Air Commodore John Mitchell LVO,DFC,AFC, AE

Price: £SOLD

 

 

 

 

 
 

Secret Rendezvous

Secret Rendezvous

Until recently the exploits of the ‘Special Operations Executive’ and the pilots of 161 Squadron were little known or recognised due to the secrecy of operations undertook in occupied Europe during World War Two.

Mainly flying during moonlit periods they flew their aircraft using little more than a map, compass and watch. These extremely courageous pilots would deliver and pick up agents and supplies vital to the war effort. Today we can celebrate their considerable achievements and salute them all
.

This painting depicts a rare Triple Lysander mission.

Oil on Canvas approximately 36”x 20”/ 91cms x 51cms

This magnificent original unframed painting is priced at £5,950

SOLD

 

 

 

 

 
 

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder

by Stephen Brown

Avro Vulcan XH558 with other aircraft of 27 Squadron at RAF Scampton
during the late 1970s. The concept of a long range bomber capable of delivering a nuclear payload was formulated in the late 1940s as the growing threat of the Soviet Union became apparent. The contract was won by A V Roe and Company and under the leadership of Chief Designer Roy Chadwick the Avro Vulcan was born. The Vulcan formed the backbone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent throughout the Cold War years and continued to play an important role in the country’s defences right up until its retirement from service in 1984.

The canvas is signed on the back in permanent ink by distinguished World War II and Vulcan veteran: Flight Lieutenant Don Briggs DFC

During World War Two Don flew 62 ops as Flight Engineer on Lancasters of 156 Pathfinder Squadron. After the war he qualified as a pilot and flew all three types of V-Bomber operationally including the famous Vulcan XH558. He flew the mission that dropped the third and last Atom Bomb on Christmas Island. In a long and distinguished career Don flew 49 of the 89 Vulcan B2s that entered service.

Framed original oil painting.

Canvas measures 38 x 12 inches
Overall size with frame 44 x 18 inches

Framed price £SOLD

 

 

 

 

 
 

Summer of 1940

Summer of 1940
(Battle of Britain)

by Stephen Brown

Having just returned from a dogfight over London, Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum’s faithful Spitfire is being checked over by 92 Squadron groundcrew whilst he snatches a few words with ground staff.  Just a few minutes later he would be back in the cockpit and once again bravely defending our country against the Luftwaffe.

Approx. overall size 12" x 31"/31cms x 79cms

Since being photographed for this web site the drawing has been signed
on the front by Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum D.F.C.

Price: £SOLD

 

 

 

 
 


Lancasters at the Ready

by Philip E. West

The final preparations are underway before these Lancasters leave for yet another mission over Occupied Europe. Along with other Bomber Command aircraft, the Lancaster took the battle to the enemy. Despite sustaining heavy losses, Bomber Command aircrew at all times showed great skill, courage and sense of duty, until ultimately ensuring the freedom we all enjoy today.

An original oil on canvas painting measuring (unframed) approximately
24” x 12” /61 cms x30.5cms

The painting is signed on the reverse of the canvas by these Bomber Command Aircrew: (Pilot) Flt Lt. Phil Ainley DFC, (Pilot) Sqn. Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (617 Sqn), (Flt. Eng) Flight Lieutenant Don Briggs DFC, (Special Ops. Pilot) Flt Lt. Russell (Rusty) Waughman DFC, AFC and Pathfinder Pilot Joe Petrie-Andrews.  Together these men have completed over 150 ops. 
(please see below for further details)

Price: £SOLD

Imagine owning a painting of a Lancaster aircraft signed by these remarkable aircrew – five pilots and a Flight Engineer who went on to become a Vulcan pilot during the Cold War.

Flt. Lt. Joe Petrie-Andrews DFC. DFM joined the RAF at “about 14 or 15 years of age.” Rejecting the opportunity to become a bomb-aimer, Joe was determined to pester the RAF until they would accept him on a pilot’s training course. Flying mainly Lancaster and Halifax aircraft, Joe joined 158 and 35 Squadron’s, and later became part of the Pathfinder Force. During an operation to bomb Cannes in southern France on 11th November 1943, Joe’s (aged only 19) Halifax was badly shot up, forcing him to ditch the aircraft in the Mediterranean, where he and the crew spent three days in a dingy before being rescued; for this operation Joe was awarded an ‘immediate’ DFC. He completed 68 operations, 60 before his 20th birthday on 11/7/1944.

Flt Lt Phil Ainley DFC was accepted for aircrew training in February 1942 at the age of 17½ years.  He was selected for pilot training and was sent to the United States Naval Aviation base in Pensecola.  After gaining his United States Navy wings on completion of his Catalina flying boat course, he was commissioned and returned to the UK.  Following retraining on land planes, he eventually joined No. 57 Lancaster squadron in May 1944.

The squadron was heavily engaged in attacking both French flying bomb sites, the build up to D. Day and German industrial targets.  One sortie to Konigsberg necessitated flying for 11 hours 10 minutes, whilst another was to drop mines in the Stettin canal from 250 feet.  For this last sortie Flt Lt Ainley was awarded an immediate DFC. He completed his operational tour of 33 sorties in October 1944, having flown all this time with the same crew with the exception of a replacement flight engineer. On completing a course at the Bomber Command Instructors School, he became a flying instructor in Bomber Command.

Sqn. Ldr. Lawrence “Benny” Goodman (Pilot. 617 Sqn) volunteered for aircrew at 18 years of age and was called up in 1940. After basic training he went to RAF Abingdon – a Whitley O.T.U – for what he was told would be ‘straight through’ training. This did not materialise and he found himself in the role of a Ground Gunner. In 1941, a posting eventually came through to the Initial Training Wing followed by Elementary Flying School at Peterborough and an instructor’s course at Woodley, Reading; then to Clyffe Pyparde, a holding unit. A sea journey to Canada followed and Service Flying Training School on Ansons. On completion he was posted to Kingston, Ontario, to instruct Acting Leading Naval Airmen on the Royal Navy tactics of the time. e.g. jinking after take off, dive bombing etc.  “However, I had to learn everything first, so I was just about one step ahead of the students! said Benny.

Eventually returning to the UK and O.T.U. on Wellingtons at Silverstone and Heavy Conversion Bomber Unit at Swinderby on Stirlings. Then a short course at the Lancaster Conversion Unit. After an interview Benny and his crew were surprised and delighted to find they had been selected for 617 Squadron – this was in 1944 and they stayed together as a crew on 617 Squadron until the war in Europe ended. He completed 30 missions – all with William “Jock” Burnett as his flight engineer. Notable raids Benny took part in were on the Tirpitz (29/10/44), dropping the Grand Slam 22,000 bomb on the Arnsberg Viaduct (19/03/45) and the attack on Berchtesgarten ‘Eagles nest’ (25/05/45). 

Flight Lieutenant Don Briggs DFC entered the RAF in 1939 as an Aircraft Apprentice at RAF Halton, Bucks. He later serviced Hampden & Wellington Bombers before becoming aircrew  and completed two tours of operations as a flight engineer on No 156 Pathfinder Squadron (survived 62 sorties)  His crew were engaged on several trips in support of the ground forces just after D day and took part in attacks on flying bomb sites in the Pas de Calais    On one particular trip to Nuremberg Don's skipper successfully corkscrewed his way out of three night fighter attacks    On another operation a flak shell exploded less than 50 feet above the cockpit   Perspex panels and wing surfaces suffered damage but happily none of the crew were hurt  Don retrained as a pilot after the war and flew Meteors, Jet Provosts, Canberras, and all three V Bombers   He took part in Operation 'Grapple' on Christmas Island his crew dropping Britain's 3rd H Bomb in June '57    He retired from the RAF in 1973 and became a Commercial flying instructor training pilots for many different airlines    Don eventually 'called it a day' from flying at age 84 thus completing 64 years of flying 

Flt Lt Russell (Rusty) Waughman DFC, AFC, volunteered for the RAF in 1941. After training in Canada, he qualified as a heavy bomber pilot. In November 1943 he was posted to No 101(Special Duties) Squadron at Ludford Magna. He completed a tour of operations, which began during the ‘Battle of Berlin’, where they did several operations.  Surviving a mid-air collision, only to write the aircraft off on landing, ‘Rusty’ and his crew on a subsequent flight had a miraculous escape when their aircraft was blown upside down, over the target, at Mailly-le-Camp; they also survived the Nuremberg raid on 30th March 1944, when 97 aircraft were lost – including about one quarter of 101 sqn strength that night.   

 

 

 

 
 
 


Tally Ho!

by Philip E. West

Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum of 92 Squadron once again takes his trusted Spitfire into attack high over southern England. Any moment now both he and one other Spitfire pilot will be flying into hell amongst at least a dozen Luftwaffe He111s on their way to drop their bombs on London. Geoffrey Wellum together with other pilots of Fighter Command became “One of the Few” and fought with courage and determination.


An original oil on canvas painting measuring (unframed)
approximately 20” x 12” / 51cms x 30.5cms

The painting is signed on the reverse of the canvas by
Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC (please see below for further details)

Price: £SOLD

Would you like to become the proud owner of this exciting new painting depicting Geoffrey Wellum in action defending our country? Here is your unique chance!

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC joined the RAF with a Short Service Commission in August 1939.  He joined92 Squadron flying Spitfires in June 1940 at the time of Dunkirk. He flew throughout the Battle of Britain, later completing over 50 fighter sweeps and escorts over northern
France and Belgium until August 1941.  He then joined 65 Squadron as Flight Commander in March 1942 operating over northern France and flew off Aircraft Carrier Furious on operation Pedestal, to Malta. (Geoff was a Flt. Lt. during
“Operation Pedestal”) He returned to the UK as a test pilot Gloster Aircraft and finished the war as a Pilot Attack Instructor. Geoff was credited with three destroyed, four probables and several damaged and was awarded the DFC
in July 1941.

 

Geoff’s Best Selling book “First Light”, recalling his wartime flying career, is highly recommended by SWA Fine Art. To give you some idea of the popularity of this book, sales to date have exceeded 500,000 copies!  You can purchase a copy and have it signed by Geoff on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Patrol

Winter Patrol

By Stephen Brown

After another long day of combat sorties the Spitfires of 92 Squadron head back to base during the severe winter of 1941. They can take just a moment to admire a world of white caught by the late afternoon sun. Below them life goes on as best it can with heavy falls of snow just adding to the challenges facing the people of Britain.

The back of the canvas is signed in permanent black ink by the following distinguished Spitfire pilots:

Geoffrey Wellum DFC
Paddy Barthrop DFC & AFC
Pete Brothers DSO, DFC*, CBE

Neville Duke DSO, DFC**, AFC, OBE
Bob Large DFC

Original Oil Painting
Canvas measures 38 x 12 inches

Price: £SOLD

 

 

 

 

 
  Spitfires over the Needles

Spitfires over the Needles
June 1940, The Battle of Britain

by
Philip E. West

Canvas size: 14" x 26" approx 35cms x 66 cms.

Spitfires of 609 Squadron returning to their satellite station airfield at Warmwell to re-arm and re-fuel, following an intercept mission against enemy aircraft trying to disrupt shipping along the South Coast of England. Like many other RAF Squadrons, No 609 the (West Riding) Auxiliary Squadron distinguished itself in many great air battles with honour and courage.

The canvas is signed on the reverse by these six distinguished WW2 Spitfire pilots: Billy Drake, Geoffrey Wellum, Pete Brothers, Frank Newman, Percy Beake and Doug Tidy.

Price: £SOLD

Please contact Sean if you would like to become the proud new owner of this magnificent painting.

 

 

 


Height of the battle

Height of the Battle

by Philip E. West

Overall print size: approx: 35” x 17” /89 x 43cm.

Depicting Wing Commander Tom Neil about to join in the combat with German bombers over London.
 
At the height of the Battle of Britain, the RAF stood alone facing an enemy determined in their goal of total victory. Little did they understand the mentality of the defenders strength of conviction, courage and shear bloody mindedness to protect the homeland. British and Commonwealth pilots together with others from far off lands joined the RAF in battle and after much sacrifice won the air war for all freedom loving people.

The original painting measures 28" x 14" (approx. 71cms x 35cms) and it is signed on the back of the canvas by two famous Hurricane pilots: Pete Brothers and Peter Ayerst; Pete Brothers (now deceased) kindly signed this painting last summer when it was an outline on the canvas. It may be possible to also have the painting signed by Wing Commander Tom Neil.

£SOLD

 

 

 

 


Early Morning Light

Early Morning Light

by Stephen Brown

This wonderfully atmospheric painting gives us a very good feel for what it was like for groundcrew working on the P-51D of Major Donald Strait, Officer Commanding 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group at Martlesham Heath during the difficult winter of 1944-45.

Donald Strait arrived in England with the 361st FS in August 1943. His first three victories were achieved whilst flying a P47D Thunderbolt. In November 1944 the unit converted to P-51D Mustangs and he subsequently was confirmed with a further 10 and a half victories. At the completion of his tour in March 1945 Donald Strait had flown 122 combat missions.

The painting measures unframed approximately 32" x 12" / 81cms x 30cms.

Price: £SOLD

 

 
 
 
 

Fleeting moments

by Philip E. West

Few people become a legend in their own lifetime. Douglas Bader was one such person. An exceptional pilot and leader. At the age of 21, as a young RAF officer, he had both legs amputated after he crashed his aircraft.  Through sheer guts and determination he learnt not only to walk again, but also fly, subsequently becoming the RAF’s most famous WW2 fighter pilot. Flying his Spitfire with the unmistakable DB markings, Wing Commander Bader with his wingman close by, heads home to Tangmere after another successful, action-packed day, taking on swarms of enemy aircraft intent on wreaking havoc over the south of England.

The canvas measures unframed 10" x 18" / 25 x 46cms
and it is signed on the back
by three Battle of Britain pilots.

Price: £SOLD

 

 

 

 
Home at Dusk
 
 

Home at Dusk

by Philip E. West

After another long day of dog-fighting with enemy aircraft, Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum and his wingman from 92 Squadron make their way back to base as the sun sets over the River Thames. As sure as night follows day, both pilots are all too aware that tomorrow will bring more aerial combat and the
ever present threat they may never live to see another sunset.

The painting measures unframed 12" x 24” / 30 X 61cms
and it is signed on the back of the canvas by Geoffrey Wellum DFC
and Pete Brothers DSO, DFC & Bar

Price: £SOLD

 

 

 

 
 
 

Typhoons Over Normandy

The canvas measures size is 24" x 12" unframed

RAF Hawker Typhoon Mk IBs of 609 Squadron on a ground attack mission over Northern France. Below them the late afternoon sun bathes Mont-St-Michael at low tide. The leader and his wingman have spotted a potential target and are descending low and fast for a better look. In the distance two more 609 Typhoons will hold station and watch out for an ambush by enemy aircraft.

A stunningly atmospheric oil on canvas painting.

Price: £SOLD

 

 

 
 
 

We Salute You
A Tribute to Bomber Command

by Philip E. West

As night falls Lancaster bombers head out over Lincoln Cathedral on yet another highly dangerous mission over enemy territory. Lancaster aircraft first entered service in 1941, normally with a crew of seven whose average age was 22. With a top speed of 287mph and ability to carry a massive bomb load of 22,000lbs, Lancasters proved a formidable as well as reliable aircraft, one held in the highest regard by its young, though highly motivated crews.

Despite increasingly capable aircraft like the Lancaster, a great deal was asked of Bomber Command crews and their aircraft, resulting in substantial losses. Of the 7373 Lancasters built 3677 were lost. From the over 125,000 involved in Bomber Command during the war 55,573 were killed, 8,000 wounded and 10,000 became prisoners of war.

To all these brave men we owe a great debt of gratitude for their bravery.

The canvas measures 25.5” x 19”/ 65 x 48cms.

The painting has been signed on the back of the canvas by two of the original crew from “The Phantom of the Ruhr”.

Ron Clark DFC Pilot and Lishman Easby, Wireless Operator.

 

Price: £SOLD

 

 

 

 
Misty morning
 
 

Misty Morning

by Philip E. West

This oil painting measures unframed 15" x 30" / 30cms x 76cms.

The Avro Lancaster was designed from the outset to build a bomber capable of reaching the heartland of the enemy. Put this together with Rolls Royce Merlin engines, and a superlative aircraft was born. No less than 59 Bomber Command units saw active service with the Lancaster, flying 156,000 sorties. Some 7377 aircraft were built by six factories producing five different variants of the Lancaster. Here is a typical wartime scene. Lancaster's from 35 Squadron are being prepared for yet another Pathfinder mission, with the ground crew busy servicing, rearming and refuelling the aircraft.

A unique opportunity for you to own this superb painting, which captures so evocatively the atmosphere on this early autumn morning as the ground crew feverishly prepare this magnificent Lancaster aircraft for the daunting day ahead of the it and the crew. Between them, the men below who have signed this painting have a combined total of 245 ops.

Can you imagine such a painting in your home?

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Adding interest to the painting the back of the canvas has been signed by these remarkable former WW2 aircrew:

Warrant Officer Rupert Noye, DFC. Flew 72 Operations. Rear Gunner. Began his flying career as a rear gunner on Wellingtons and then Lancasters with 166 Squadron.

Flt. Lt. Don Briggs DFC. Flt Eng. 62 ops on 156 squadron. After the war he qualified as a pilot and flew Valiants, Victors and the Vulcan – Don dropped the third and last Atom Bomb on Christmas Island.

Flt. Lt. Ted Stocker Flt. Eng. DSO & DFC 35 Squadron. He flew a truly massive 108 ops.

Sqd. Ldr. George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM (Dambuster Bomb Aimer, 617 Squadron) was chosen by Joe McCarthy to join his crew before they were all transferred to 617 Squadron. Flying in AJ-T, with American pilot Joe McCarthy and crew they attacked the Sorpe Dam from 30 feet, for which Johnny was awarded the DFM. Johnny went on to fly 40 missions with Joe McCarthy at the controls.

 

 

 

 

 
Phantoms and the Ark Royal
 
 

Phantoms and the Ark Royal

by Philip E. West

This oil painting measures unframed 20 " x 36" / 51cms x 91cms.

Pictured during her final call to duty. The Royal Navy’s majestic aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, sailed into wind to recover Phantoms returning from a CAP mission. In operational service the Phantom provided immense additional capability to the Fleet Air Arm. Mach 2 performance, impressive range, all-weather strike and air defence. In the 1970s Ark Royal had a complement of 2250 crew, 2640 including air staff. Her 39 aircraft comprised 892 Sqn Phantoms, 809 Sqn Buccaneers, 849 Sqn Gannets, 824 Sqn Sea Kings plus two Ship's Flight Wessex helicopters and one Gannet for Carrier Onboard deliveries. She entered HMNB Devonport for the last time on 4 December 1978 and decommissioned on 14 February 1979, when the White Ensign was lowered for the last time. So ended the illustrious career of R09. A much loved and respected ship.

A truly magnificent painting.

Price:  Please enquire

 

 

 

 

 

Home is the Hunter

Home is the Hunter

by Philip E. West

The Hawker Hurricane, long remembered as the 'other fighter' of the Battle of Britain. Available in large enough numbers prior to the battle, the aircraft proved to be the mainstay of the RAF and went on to record a formidable reputation as a robust machine offering its pilots a steady gun platform. In terms of victories over enemy aircraft it was the most successful of all British fighters.

This particular Hurricane was the aircraft of Wg. Cdr. Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE of 249 Squadron based at North Weald December 1940. After another long day of confronting enemy aircraft, the pilot has left his trusted aircraft in the safe hands of highly respected groundcrew.
Tom was one of the RAF's most successful fighter pilots, credited with 17 victories, the majority of which being claimed during the Battle of Britain.

This magnificent painting beautifully captures the atmosphere and harsh conditions endured by pilots and ground crew alike during the winter of 1940.

Price: £SOLD

The canvas measures 24” x 14” / 61cms x 36cms and it is personally signed on the back in permanent ink by two famous Hurricane pilots:

Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC. Few RAF pilots flew operationally from the beginning to the end of the Second World War. Fewer still can claim to have experienced action from Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, El Alamein and the D-Day landings, to bomber escort duty in the closing days of the war in Europe. Peter Ayerst is one such man. Peter joined the RAF in 1938 on a short service commission and was dispatched to France when war broke out. After serving with legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader, Peter was posted to North Africa in 1942 where he was forced to crash-land his Hurricane in a minefield.

Peter flew Spitfires on intruder sorties over France before and during D-Day, on bomber escort duty against V-weapons sites and in support of mass daylight raids deep into Germany. Awarded the DFC in December 1944, he also flew as fighter escort to King George VI's Dakota. By the war's end, Peter had flown every mark of Spitfire and Hurricane in the RAF's inventory! This stood him in good stead after the war when he worked with famous test pilot Alex Henshaw: he was part of the flight-test crew when Henshaw rolled a Lancaster.

Air Commodore Peter Brothers DSO, DFC & Bar learnt to fly at the age of 16 and joined the RAF two years later in 1936.  He first saw action in1940 when as a Flight Commander in 32 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, he flew his Hurricane against the fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe. He recalls this an intensely busy period, during which he shot down an Me109 - his first enemy aircraft;
by the end of August that same year his tally of enemy aircraft shot down, increased to eight. Awarded the DFC, he was transferred to 257 Squadron where he joined Bob Stanford-Tuck as Flight Commanders. Promoted in 1941 to Squadron Leader, Pete Brothers then took command of 457 Squadron (Royal Australian Air Force), equipped with Spitfires. A year later when 457 Squadron returned to Australia, Pete took command of 602 Squadron. In the early autumn of 1942 he went on to become Wing Leader of the Tangmere Wing, succeeding his old friend Douglas Bader.

By the end of the war Pete Brothers had amassed 875 operational hours over a 44-month period. He was credited with having personally shot down 16 enemy aircraft and damaged many more.  He later went on to command 57 Squadron during the Malaya Campaign. Upon return to the UK Pete Brothers joined the V-Force, flying Valiant-4 jet bombers. He retired in 1973.

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Spitfire Scramble

by Philip E. West.

Flt. Lt. Geoff ‘Boy’ Wellum leads this flight of Spitfires from 92 Squadron in a scramble to take on the might of the German Luftwaffe during the height of the Battle of Britain.

No 92 Squadron was first formed on the 1st September 1917 at London Colney and was disbanded on 7th August 1919. Following the outbreak of the Second World War 92 Squadron reformed on 10th October 1939 at RAF Tangmere and first saw action over the Dunkirk evacuation beaches. The Squadron was the first into action on September 15, 1940, now known as Battle of Britain Day.  Towards the end of the Battle of Britain 92 Squadron flew from Biggin Hill. By the end of 1940 the Squadron tally stood at 127 German aircraft destroyed.

£ SOLD

 

Towards Victory

by Philip E. West.

The Avro Lancaster was undoubtedly the RAF’s greatest bomber of World War 2. Stemming from the unsuccessful Avro Manchester the Lancaster carried the night bomber offensive deep into occupied Europe.

Over 7,300 Lancaster’s were built with the last being delivered in 1946.

£ SOLD

 

Pathfinder Force

Pathfinder Force
by Philip E. West

Passing low over Norwich Cathedral on this wintry evening, Pathfinder Mosquitoes begin to transit east from their bases on yet another dangerous night-time mission over enemy territory. They will take the lead on this bombing mission and their role is to identify and mark pre-planned targets with flares, enabling the main force of Lancaster and Halifax aircraft to drop their bombs as accurately as possible.

The Pathfinders were elite squadrons in RAF Bomber Command. Like all aircrew, these brave men took the fight to the enemy night after night until
victory was achieved.

This oil on canvas painting measures 18" x 30" / 46cms x 76cms.

£ SOLD

The back of the canvas is signed in ink by the following Pathfinder aircrew, making the painting of even greater historical interest.

Sqn. Ldr. Bill Lucas DFC   (Pilot)
Sq. Ldr. Tommy Broom DFC  (Navigator)
Flt. Lt. Douglas Hadland (Navigator)

 

 

From Dawn to Dusk

From Dawn to Dusk

by Philip West.

£ SOLD

 

The Night Shift

The Night Shift

by Philip West.

£ SOLD

 

Channel Dash Heroes

Channel Dash Heroes

by Philip West.

£ SOLD

 

Only the Brave

Only the Brave

by Philip E. West

A Lysander prepares to leave its base on yet another dangerous and secret mission to drop agents into occupied France during WW11. Agents and Pilots alike took great personal risk during these operations. Pilots having to navigate by map, timing and sight, find and land in fields in the dead of night. Agents having to slip away into the countryside, constantly aware that the enemy could discover them at any moment. They were the bravest of the brave.

This painting is signed on the reverse of the canvass by SOE Lysander pilots Flt. Lt. R G (Bob) Large, DFC, Legion d’Honneur and
 Flt. Lt. Murray Anderson, DFC*, US Air Medal

Canvas size:  12” x 22” / 30 cms x 56cms.

£ SOLD

 

Almost Home

Almost Home

by Philip E. West

Overall canvas size: 18”h x 30”w

After another long, hard night’s mission over Germany, Flt. Lt. ‘Rusty’ Waughman of 101 ‘Special Duties’ Squadron, once again brings his aircraft and trusting crew back across the English Channel, heading for their home base of Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire.

Many of the 101 Squadron Lancasters flew with an extra, German speaking, crew member, whose job it was to use onboard transmitters to jam the radio frequencies of German night-fighters.

This painting is signed on the back of the canvas
by the pilot Rusty Waughman.

£ SOLD

 

"Nine O Nine": No Turning Back

"Nine O Nine": No Turning Back

by Philip West.

This oil on canvas painting measures 18" x 30" unframed and
is signed by the artist.

An outstanding new painting by our own highly acclaimed and collected
artist Philip E. West. By any standards a fabulously evocative painting, of
one of the most remarkable aircraft to have flown during World War 2.
Check out the detail on the nose of the aircraft, the ground crew braving
freezing cold weather to get their favourite aircraft ready for when the crew
arrive, look at the trees and ground - that's how it was in those days!
The sun rising, though, gives you a sense of warmth as well as reassurance
this mighty bomber will once again be able to take to the skies that day
and in so doing, contribute to our very own freedom now.

"Nine O Nine" awaits her next mission over occupied Europe. Part of the 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Squadron, this B-17 went on to complete a record mission tally of 140 without an abort or loss of a single crew member. She started operations in February 1944. By April 1945 "Nine O Nine" had flown an extraordinary 1,129 hours. This aircraft and crew represented just one of many who fought in war-torn skies for the freedom we now enjoy".

£ SOLD

 

 

Ever Watchful

High Patrol

A new, original oil on canvas painting byPhilip E. West 

OU-V, flown by Flt Lt 'Jonny' Houlton, together with his wing man in their Spitfire Mk9’s , are escorting a section of Lancaster bombers on-route to a target somewhere over occupied Europe in 1944. Jonny Houlton was credited with the first confirmed air victory on D-Day.Today the same aircraft, but now a two-seater, is owned and flown by Caroline Grace. 

Canvas measures approx. 24” x 12” / 61cms x 30.5cms

£ SOLD

 

The back of the canvas is signed in ink by the following Spitfire pilots, making the painting of even greater historical interest.

Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC (Pilot)
Flt. Lt. R G (Bob) Large, DFC, Legion d’Honneur (Pilot)
Squadron Leader Neville Duke, DSO OBE DFC** AFC CzMC 

 

 

Vulcan tribute

Outward Bound

by Stephen Brown

There can be few more awesome examples of air power, than that of the Avro Vulcan lifting off under full power and climbing steeply away.

The last of the famous delta-winged V bombers, the Vulcan was introduced to provide Britain with an effective nuclear deterrent during the Cold War. Moving into a conventional arms role the Vulcan was blooded in 1982 during the Falklands War. Finally it was employed as part of Strike Command’s air refueling tanker fleet; completing nearly three decades of exceptional service.

XH558 was the first Vulcan B.2 to be delivered to the RAF and was the last to retire from service It went on to thrill spectators for several years at air displays. For the last few years it has been the subject of massive restoration project with the objective of getting it flying again.

Price: £ SOLD

 

 

Towards Victory

By Philip E West

The Avro Lancaster was undoubtedly the RAF's greatest bomber of World War 2. Stemming from the unsuccessful Avro Manchester the Lancaster carried the night bomber offensive deep into occupied Europe and in doing so, a free world legend was born. Over 7,300 were built with the last being delivered in 1946.

Canvas size: 18” x 10” approx. 46cms x 25cms.

£ SOLD


Spitfire Dawn

by Stephen Brown

North Weald, December 1941 and heavy snow falls have put paid to any operational flying for the day. In between flurries of snow, ground crews work on the Spitfire Mk Vbs of 222 Squadron so they can be ready to go as soon as the weather clears.

Original oil painting on canvas. Canvas Size: 38 x 12 inches
Framed Size: 44 x 18 inches

£ SOLD

 

Ready for Action

by Philip E. West


Canvas size: 10” x 18” / 25.5cms. x 46cms

The de Havilland Mosquito was one of the most outstanding British built aircraft of the Second World War. It was first proposed as a fast, unarmed bomber. However, once in service it proved to be extremely versatile and was produced in great numbers in various variants, fighter, bomber, photo reconnaissance and many more. The "Wooden Wonder" became a true thoroughbred.

The painting is signed on the back of the canvas in permanent ink by these distinguished pilots: Wing Commander Branse Burbridge DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, the RAF’s top night-fighter pilot. Also, ‘Hilly’ Hilliard, former Mosquito pilot with the Banff and Pathfinder squadrons.

£ SOLD

 

 

Spitfires - Masters of the Air

by Philip E. West


Canvas size: 10” x 20” / 25.5 x 51cms.

At the end of another days hard air combat fighting over the war-torn skies of England, Spitfires of 92 Squadron enjoy a rare, peaceful moment prior to returning to base during the "Battle of Britain". The few prevailed and gave us the freedom we enjoy to this day.

The painting is signed on the back of the canvas in permanent ink by these distinguished pilots: Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE, DSO, DFC & Bar;
Geoffrey Wellum DFC and Neville Duke DSO, OBE, DFC*, AFC.

£ SOLD


 

Together We Stand

by Philip E. West

Canvas size: 10” x 20” / 25.5 x 51cms.

The Douglas Dakota was undoubtedly one of the most important allied aircraft of the Second World War. The aircraft served in a variety of roles including paratroop-dropping, glider-towing, casualty evacuation to transporting all sorts of materials from food to weapons of war. It did it all and in doing so,
helped win the war.

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The Memphis Belle

The Memphis Belle

by Philip E. West

Over three years of continuous air combat the 91st Bombardment Group "The Ragged Irregulars" were based at Bassingbourn in England. They flew 340 missions with honor and bravery, over occupied Europe and bore such B-17 legends as "Memphis Belle", "Shoo Shoo Baby", "General Ike" and "Nine 'O' Nine. On this day, however, the Memphis Belle is going to have to wait for the snow to be clear before it can depart on yet another dangerous mission over enemy territory. In the meantime, to enable the “Memphis Belle” to leave at the earliest opportunity when the weather clears, groundcrew carry on with their maintenance work in support of a crew and aircraft they all look upon with affection and admiration.

Canvas size: 12” x 24” / 30.5 x 61cms.

£ SOLD

 

 

 

Return to Ascension

Return to Ascension

by Simon Atack

On the 30th April 1982, flying from Wideawake airfield on Ascension island, Flt. Lt. Martin Withers and his crew, flying RAF Vulcan (XM607) launched the first Black Buck bombing operation of the Falklands War.

There and back the non-stop flight covered 7,500 miles, lasting 15 hours 45 minutes – at the time, the longest combat flight in history. The Vulcan was refuelled by Victor tankers five times on the outward journey and once on the return journey.

This oil painting is signed on the back of the canvas in permanent ink by Flt. Lt. Martin Withers DFC.

Canvas size:20"x30" (51cm x 76cm)

£ SOLD

 

 

 

Concorde – Pride of Bristol

Concorde – The Pride of Bristol

by Stephen Brown

Overall canvas size: 28” x16”

Full of grace and beauty Concorde G-BOAF taxis toward her final resting place at Filton airfield, Bristol. Proudly waving Union Jack flags from the cockpit are pilot Captain Les Brodie and Concorde chief pilot Captain Mike Bannister. No one who saw Concorde on Wednesday November 26th 2003 could fail to be moved by the sight of this magnificent aircraft as she moved these last few yards with the greatest of dignity under the gaze of the world’s media and thousands of local well-wishers.

Price:  SOLD

 

Concorde – The Supersonic Thoroughbred

Concorde – The Supersonic Thoroughbred

by Stephen Brown

Captain Les Scott, Senior First Officer Tim Orchard and Senior Engineering Officer Rick Eades made history on the 7th February 1996, when they flew Concorde G-BOAD from New York to London in a record-breaking 2 hours, 2 minutes and 59 seconds; the fastest ever
transatlantic crossing by a commercial aircraft.


Oil on canvas painting signed on the back co-Pilot by Tim Orchard

Overall canvas size: 38” x 24”

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Concorde – The Golden Years


Concorde – The Golden Years

by Stephen Brown

The scheduled Concorde flights to and from New York were by far the most important for both British Airways and Air France. Taking full advantage of Concorde’s speed and the time difference between London and New York, some business people would arrive in New York on the early morning flight, do a days work and then take the evening flight back to London.

Oil on canvas painting signed on the back two Pilots and a co-Pilot.

Overall canvas size: 29” x 24”

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The B1-B ‘Lancer’

Full Throttle

by Philip E. West

Overall canvas size 30” x 18”

This remarkable aircraft first entered combat service in 1986. Reaching speeds of mach 1.2 at sea level the B1-B is not only the fastest bomber in American service, it also carries the largest payload of any current bomber.

Price: SOLD

 


The Jubilee Flight

by Stephen Brown

Original oil painting - Overall size: 36” x 24” (915mm x 610mm)

This brand new edition is published with approval of the Red Arrows Trust, an organisation formed to ensure the good name of the Red Arrows is protected by ensuring their name and identity is only linked to commercial projects which have been vetted by the trustees.

SOLD

 

Concorde – The Homecoming

Concorde – The Homecoming

by Stephen Brown
Original oil on canvas painting.

Overall size 36” x 24”

Price: SOLD


History in the making as Concorde (G-BOAF) makes her way home to Filton, Bristol, almost certainly never to fly again. For many, Wednesday 26th November 2003 will be etched in their memory as the day they watched this most famous and beautiful commercial aircraft glide gracefully over Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge.

 

Concorde – Pride of Britain

Concorde – Pride of Britain

by Stephen Brown

Original oil on canvas 36” x 24”

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Climbing towards 60,000 feet and the edge of space Concorde (G-BOAD) traveled where no other commercial aircraft could go. Its enormously powerful engines enabled Concorde to reach the speed of sound – Mach 1 (about 675 mph). During the lifetime of Concorde the fleet carried just over 2.5m passengers.

The Luftwaffe Collection

On the Prowl

On the Prowl

by Philip E. West
Original oil painting size 24” x 12”

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Focke-Wulf FW 190. When this purposeful looking, squat, angular aircraft first appeared in the skies over France in 1941 it came as quite a shock and soon gained a reputation and the nickname ‘Butcher Bird’. A superb fighting machine, it served the Luftwaffe in many variants throughout the war.

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Guardians of the Reich

Guardians of the Reich

by Philip E. West
Original oil painting size 24” x 12”

£SOLD

Messerschmitt Me 262. With a sleek shark-like fuselage, revolutionary swept back wings and Jumo turbine engines, it must have been a sight to see one autumn day in 1944 when seen for the first time. The 262 represented the Luftwaffe’s most potent air weapon during World War 2; however, not enough were produced in time to make a decisive difference to the outcome.

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“Guardians of the Reich” signed by General Gunther Rall who flew Me109s throughout the Battle of Britain. He finished the war with 275 victories, making him the third highest scoring pilot in history.

Also signed by Major Hans-Ekkeehard Bob who also flew Me109s in the Battle of Britain as well as the Polish and French campaigns. He also flew Fw 190s and Me262s in over 700 combat missions during which he achieved 59 victories.

Feldwebel Adolf Denz has also signed the paintings. He flew Me 110s, Me 210s and later Me109s on the Russian front.

 

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Spitfires – High Patrol

Spitfires – High Patrol

by Philip E. West



A magnificent new painting from the studio of Philip West.

A gathering section of 124 Squadron Spitfires led by Peter Ayerst climbs for height above the bomber stream and a lone Mosquito. This Squadron plus many others was tasked with protecting the bombers over occupied Europe. For these long range missions the Spitfires carry 90 Gallon 'Slipper Tanks' to extend the relatively short endurance of the aircraft. In combat with enemy fighters they would jettison the tanks. However, following a shortage, they were encouraged to bring them back if they possibly could.

Canvas size: 18” x 30” and signed on the back by former Spitfire pilots Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC, Flight Lieutenant R G (Bob) Large, DFC, Legion d’Honneur, and Peter Twiss OBE, DSC and Bar

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The Master of the Seas

“Although I will admit to the Sunderland being one of my favourite aircraft,
I do enjoy the opportunity I have to raise more awareness of the brave,
but often overlooked work, undertaken by the RAF Coastal Command
.”
Stephen Brown, artist.

'A Short Sunderland of No 422 Squadron, based at Pembroke Dock, sweeps the English Channel in search of enemy shipping threats. Initially operating with impunity, the German U-boats came close to severing the vital supply lines between the USA and Britain: had they succeeded the Allied invasion of Europe could not have happened. At the vanguard of the country's defence was the Short Sunderland. With the range required to operate over the Atlantic, it was rapidly equipped with the electronic detection and weapons systems needed to give the convoys effective protection and turn the tide against the U-boats. The crews became unsung heroes of World War II; gruelling 12 hour missions being typical, often in terrible weather and with little hope of rescue if they ran into problems.'

Original oil painting on canvas 12 x 38” / approx. 31 x 96cms.

£ SOLD

 

 

Coming Home

“So much has been written and said about the legend of Douglas Bader,
few can fail to be in awe of his accomplishments. A born leader to
whom we all owe a debt of gratitude.”
Stephen Brown, artist.

The peace and tranquillity of life on the canals is briefly shattered as RAF Spitfires roar low overhead. This is no ordinary flight of Spitfires: led by the legendary Douglas Bader, these are aircraft of the Tangmere Wing, returning after being scrambled to intercept a Luftwaffe raid during 1941. Bader is flying a rare Mk V aircraft: the same basically as the Mk Vbs of the rest of the squadron but fitted with eight machine guns, which he preferred to the machine gun and cannons combination of the Vb.

This painting has been signed on the back in permanent ink by no less than three well known Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots: Air Commodore Peter Brothers (used to share a room with Douglas Bader and often flew alongside him), Group Captain Allan Wright and Sqn Leader. Geoffrey Wellum.

Canvas size: 18" X 30" / approx. 46 x 76cms.

£ SOLD

 

 

Return of the Few

by Stephen Brown.

£ SOLD

 

 

 

Mosquito Coast

by Stephen Brown.

£ SOLD

    

 

Winter Patrol

by Stephen Brown.

£ SOLD

 

 

 

Dawn of a Legend

by Stephen Brown.

£ SOLD

 

Winter of 44
by Philip E. West
 

Fighter, bomber, night-fighter, reconnaissance together with many other variants made the P-38 Lightning one of the most adaptable and respected aircraft of World War 2. The P-38 serving in Europe and the Mediterranean theatre, earned it the German nickname 'The fork-tail devil'. The total number of P-38s built was 9,924.

This beautiful oil on canvas painting measures 12” x 28” / approx. 30cms x 71cms.

£ SOLD

 

 

The Eye of the Storm

The Eye of the Storm - The Dambusters

by Philip E. West

Overall canvas size 38” x 24”


Wing Commander Gibson’s aircraft in the foreground and Flt. Lt. Martins in the distance, both draw flak away from Sqn. Ldr. Young’s Lancaster after it has dropped it’s ‘Bouncing Bomb’ and makes its escape over the Mohne Dam.

Lead by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, 19 Lancaster's departed their home base in three waves, each aircraft armed with a single bouncing bomb developed by Barnes Wallis. The targets were German dams in the heart of the industrial Ruhr. The resulting attacks breached the Mohne and Eder Dams with attempts also on the Sorpe and Schwelme Dams. For his leadership and courage, Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross. 34 other men also received decorations.

£ SOLD

 

 

Legends of the Air

Legends of the Air

by Philip E. West

Original oil on canvas painting. Size: 40” x 20”

£ SOLD

Signed on the reverse by three former 617 Squadron pilots, including the legendary Commanding Officer Group Captain James Tait DSO & Bar, DFC, ADC.

Probably the most famous RAF Squadron in history, mainly due to the audacious Dambuster raid in 1943. Other notably successful missions included precision raids on the mighty Tirpitz, U-boat pens, railways, V-weapons sites, canals and bridges.

Through their skill and bravery 617 crews received many high honours including V.C's for Wing Commander Guy Gibson and Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire.

 

Commisioned Painting
£SOLD

This painting was commissioned. If you would like to have a no-obligation chat about commissioning a painting, please call or email us.

 

 

Winter on the Front Line

by Stephen Brown

Hawker Typhoons of 609 Squadron, 2nd TAF at a temporary airfield in Northern Europe, December 1944.
From D-Day onwards, as the Allies marched relentlessly eastwards, the squadrons of the 2nd TAF moved with them, hopping from one temporary airfield to the next, always as close to the front line as possible. The robust Typhoons and Tempests of the RAF were ideally suited to the hazardous ground attack role that was so vital in paving the way for troop and armour advances. The winter of 1944-45 was severe and tested aircraft and ground crew to their limits.

£SOLD

 

Dambuster Dawn

Dambuster Dawn

by Stephen Brown

The thunder of Merlin engines fills the air, shattering the quiet of a Dutch dawn and causing wildfowl to scatter in alarm. Flying at tree-top height the Lancaster of Bill Townsend heads at full throttle towards the coast and the relative safety of the North Sea.

This day the world will awaken to news of one the most daring and ingenious air raids of all time. RAF Lancasters of 617 Squadron, using the unique ‘bouncing bomb’ created by Barnes Wallis, had destroyed some of Germany’s major dams, causing serious flooding of the industrial Ruhr and inflicting great damage on the enemy’s war effort.

Tasked with attacking the Ennepe Dam, Bill Townsends Lancaster AJ-O was actually in the air the longest of any taking part in the raid and he was rightly awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for valour.

The canvas is signed on the back in permanent ink by:

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM (Bomb Aimer on AJ-T which attacked the Sorpe Dam)

Squadron Leader L S ‘Benny’ Goodman (617 Sqn Pilot who took part in the Tirpitz raid)

£SOLD

 

On a Wing and a Prayer

by Philip E. West

Canvas size: 10” x 20” / 25.5 x 51cms.


The venerable Fairy Swordfish was the Fleet Air Arms premier torpedo-bomber at the outbreak of World War 11. It may have looked archaic in appearance, but its courageous crews proved time and time again that it was a potent fighting machine. 'Stringbags' as they were affectionately known, served in several important roles and theatres including Coastal Command, the Mediterranean and flying from MAC-ships protecting North Atlantic and Arctic convoys.

This painting is signed in permanent ink on the back of the canvas by no less than five distinguished Swordfish aircrew. Sub. Lt. John Moffatt, CPO Les Sayer MBE, DSM; Lt. Cdr. Edgar Lee DSO, VRD, MBE, RNR; CPO Donald Bunce CGM; Cpt. A.. Sutton CBE, DSC*.

£SOLD

 

Two’s Company

 £SOLD

 

A Legend is Born
by Stephen Brown

£SOLD

 

Night of Heroes – The Dambusters

Night of Heroes – The Dambusters

by Philip E. West

17th May 1943. Lancaster's from 617 Squadron deliver a surprise attack on the Ruhr dams with specially designed, unique bouncing bombs invented by Barns Wallis. Wing Commander Guy Gibson is shown drawing defensive fire away from. Flt Lt Maltby's aircraft as it passes over the Mohne, just as his mine explodes and breaches the dam.

This oil painting is signed on the reverse of the canvas in permanent ink by  former Dambusters: Flying Officer Raymond E. Grayston (Flight Engineer of AJ-N, Les Knights Lancaster.) and Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM (Bomb Aimer on AJ-T, American Joe McCarthy’s Lancaster.

£SOLD

 

Enemy Coast Ahead – The Dambusters

Enemy Coast Ahead – The Dambusters 

by Philip E. West 

Lancasters of 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson begin their low level cross channel dash towards the enemy coast on the way to the heart of the Ruhr. The aircraft were arranged in three waves. The first wave comprised three groups of three aircraft at 10 minute intervals and headed towards the Mohne, Sorpe and Eder dams. The second wave of five Lancasters headed direct to the Sorpe whilst the third wave of five, would act as backup. Eight Lancasters failed to return from the raids, a high cost indeed, but the courage and determination displayed by the crews were in  the best tradition of the RAF.

This oil painting is signed on the reverse of the canvas in permanent ink by  former Dambusters: Flying Officer Raymond E. Grayston (Flight Engineer of AJ-N, Les Knights Lancaster.) and Squadron Leader George L. Johnson DFM (Bomb Aimer on AJ-T, American Joe McCarthy’s Lancaster.

£SOLD

 

Those Were The Days

by Philip E. West

Many hundreds of young aspiring men and women gained their coveted RAF wings flying the Tiger Moth. Training could be tough and one needed determination as well as skill to complete it. With their newly awarded “wings”, some pilots would move onto fly bombers, some to fighters like the Spitfire and Hurricane and many others to a wide variety of different aircraft types.

£SOLD

The canvas measures 12" x 24".

Unique
This painting has been signed on the back in permanent black ink by no less than these four very distinguished pilots:

(Air Commodore) Pet Brothers CBE, DSO, DFC*
(Wing Commander) Paddy Barthropp DFC, AFC
(Sqn Ldr.) Geoffrey Wellum DFC
(Sqn. Ldr.) Neville Duke DSO, OBE, DFC* AFC

 

  


No Room For Error

by Philip E. West

Capt Eric (Winkle) Brown launches his Seafire TM379, from the deck of the trials carrier HMS Pretoria Castle in July 1945. Unlike other carriers, those used for trials, usually had their decks clear of other aircraft. On this day, once the aircraft is launched the carrier’s crew streamed onto the deck to check the surface and clear anything that may obstruct a landing. TM379, was the first prototype, Seafire Mk 45 and was fitted with a Rotol contra prop, modified fin, rudder and tail hook.

£SOLD

 


The Pride of Britain

The winter of ’41 is remembered well by Geoffrey Wellum, pilot of Spitfire ‘G’ for George. Bitter cold and heavy snow during this Battle of Britain period made flying conditions almost unbearable. The ground-crew’s job at RAF Manston, never easy at the best of times, involved working in all weathers to keep the aircraft in a state of readiness for the pilots to return to the battle at the earliest opportunity.

£SOLD

 

A Winter’s Dawn

A Winter’s Dawn

This peaceful scene at East Kirkby in the winter of 1944 gives a very real feel for the vitally important work undertaken by ground crew in all weathers. At this stage of the war, to help identification at a distance, the tail fins of 57-squadron Lancasters wore a black vertical bar on a red background. The squadron flew on 348 raids, with 108 Lancasters lost in action plus 31 in accidents.

£SOLD

Oil on Canvas: 12” x 24” / approx. 30.5cms x 61cms.
The painting is signed on the back by Flt. Lt. Philip Ainley DFC (33 Ops.)

 

The Luftwaffe Collection

Looking for Trouble

Looking for Trouble

by Philip E. West
Original oil painting size 24” x 12”

£ SOLD

Messerschmitt Bf 109. The longest-serving of all German interceptors. This classic aircraft was the cornerstone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter force throughout the second world war, built in greater numbers than any other fighter and credited with more air victories than any other in history.

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Farewell Concorde

Farewell Concorde

by Philip E. West

Original oil on canvas painting. Overall size 36” x 24”

£ SOLD

As Concorde G-BOAF accelerates into the setting sun her speed will soon outpace the earth’s rotation. The 100 passengers will now have the unforgettable experience of watching the sun rising from the west. At 50,000 feet, the cruising speed of Mach 2 (1,320 mph) is reached; but the climb gently continues towards 60,000 feet. Here, on the threshold of space, the passengers will dine. Three and a half hours after take-off from London, Concorde reaches New York. On 26th November 2003 this aircraft returned to its first home, Filton, Bristol – probably never to fly again.

 

Supreme Courage

£ SOLD

 

 

The Persuaders

by Philip E. West

Much loved by its crews, the mighty delta winged 'Avro Vulcan' was designed to perform Britain's nuclear deterrent bomber role during the Cold War. It carried out this responsibility for more than a decade. The aircraft also served as a tanker, low-level attack and maritime radar reconnaissance platform, before finally being called to war action in the Falklands conflict where it provided long-range bombing capabilities, attacking surface targets and Stanley Airport.

Canvas size unframed:  30" x 12"  or approx. 76cms. x 30cms. 

£ SOLD

This painting is signed by five former Vulcan pilots.

 

Winter of '45
£ SOLD

 

"The Guardians"
£ SOLD

portrays legendary Hurricane pilot Pete Brothers (32 Sqn) and his wingman having recently taken off from Biggin Hill, now just over the White Cliff's of Dover during the period of the Battle of Britain.

The unframed size of this outstanding oil on canvas painting is 12" deep x 24" wide.

The painting is signed on the back of the canvas by Peter Brothers.

PILOT DETAILS;

Air Commodore Peter Brothers DSO, DFC & Bar learnt to fly at the age of 16 and joined the RAF two years later in 1936. He first saw action in 1940 when as a Flight Commander in 32 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, he flew his Hurricane against the fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe. He recalls this an intensely busy period, during which he shot down a Me109 - his first enemy aircraft.

At the end of August that same year his tally of enemy aircraft shot down, increased to eight. Awarded the DFC, he was transferred to 257 Squadron where he joined Bob Stanford-Tuck as Flight Commanders. Promoted in 1941 to Squadron Leader, Pete Brothers then took command of 457 Squadron (Royal Australian Air Force), equipped with Spitfires. A year later when 457 Squadron returned to Australia, Pete took command of 602 Squadron. In the early autumn of 1942 he went on to become Wing Leader of the Tangmere Wing, succeeding his old friend Douglas Bader. By the end of the war Pete Brothers had amassed 875 operational hours over a 44-month period. He was credited with having personally shot down 16 enemy aircraft and damaged many more. He later went on to command 57 Squadron during the Malaya Campaign. Upon return to the UK Pete Brothers joined the V-Force, flying Valiant-4 jet bombers. He retired in 1973.

Evening Glory

"Evening Glory"
by Philip E. West

£ SOLD

Is full of the atmosphere and nostalgia we know our clients like to see in his paintings. This new oil painting portrays Geoff Wellum in his Spitfire, during an all-too rare quiet moment, one evening during the height of the Battle of Britain.

The unframed size of this outstanding oil on canvas painting is 12" deep x
24" wide. The price is £2500.00. If you would like to add this nostalgic
new painting to your collection, please do let me know right away. e-mail Tel:01225 444929.

The painting is signed on the back of the canvas by Geoffrey Wellum and Peter Brothers.

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC joined the RAF with a Short Service Commission in August 1939. He joined no 92 Squadron flying Spitfires in June 1940 at the time of Dunkirk. He flew throughout the Battle of Britain, later completing over 50 fighter sweeps and escorts over northern France and Belgium until August 1941. He then joined 65 Squadron as Flight Commander in March 1942 operating over northern France and flew off Aircraft Carrier Furious on operation Pedestal, to Malta. (Geoff was a Flt. Lt. during
"Operation Pedestal") He returned to the UK as a test pilot Gloster Aircraft and finished the war as a Pilot Attack Instructor. Geoffrey was credited with three destroyed, four probables and several damaged and was awarded the DFC in July 1941.

Geoff's Best Selling book "First Light", recalling his wartime flying career, is highly recommended by SWA Fine Art. To give you some idea of the popularity of this book, sales to date have reached 250,000 copies!

 

Wings of Dawn

Wings of Dawn - £ SOLD

 

Operation Cerberus – The Channel Dash - £ SOLD





Operation Judgement – The Channel Dash -
£ SOLD


In the Mists of Time - £ SOLD

Against All Odds

Against All Odds

£ SOLD
Canvas size: 12” x 24 (approx. 30.5cms. x 61 cms)


Signed on the back of the canvas by legendary Spitfire pilots:
Flt. Lt. Geoffrey Wellum DFC; Air Commodore Pete Brothers CBE,DSO, DFC & Bar, Wing Commander Paddy Barthropp DFC, AFC, Alex Henshaw MBE
and Squadron Leader Neville Duke DFC DSO** AFC CzMC. An outstanding of an actual event that happened in the Battle of Britain, signed by these remarkable men.

Geoffrey Wellum joins combat head-on with a Dornier during the Battle of Britain. He was part of a small group of 10 spitfires from Biggin Hill facing 150 plus enemy bombers and fighters. Other friendly fighters joined battle but the defenders were still vastly out numbered, a scene repeated on many occasions in the summer of 1940. On this particular day Geoff scored a Heinkel destroyed, together with a Dornier as a probable.

 


Defending The Realm

Defending The Realm

£ SOLD

Flight against the Bismarck

£ SOLD

 

Those Golden Moments

Those Golden Moments

As the sun slowly begins to rise this wintry morning over Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk, ground crew prepare B-17G “The All American Girl” in an almost surreal setting, for her 99th dangerous mission over enemy territory. On 10th January 1945, 19-year-old pilot, 1st Lt. John Dodrill and his crew went missing on a combat sortie to Cologne. Like many other crews, they made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom, with the ‘Bloody Hundredth’ Bombardment Group playing its full part with courage and honour.

£ SOLD

 

First Light

£ SOLD

 

Winter of 41

£ SOLD

 

close encouter

Close Encounter

by Philip E. West

Overall size (unframed) 20” x 36”


Flight Lieutenant Bryan Colston, “A” Flight Commander – 225 Squadron in Spitfire Mk. VB, ER 660 attacks a German Transport Convoy on a mountain road near Sjedenane in Tunisia with Pilot Officer Melvyn Evans flying as his weaver – 6th March 1943.

Oil on canvas original painting.

£ SOLD

 

A Very Special Original Painting...

Over the Beaches

Over the Beaches

by Philip E. West

Oil on canvas painting. Size 40” x 24”


In the early hours of 6th June 1944, the campaign to liberate Europe began following many months, if not years of planning and preparation. The RAF was heavily committed in support of allied land and sea forces flying combat air patrols, ground attack and reconnaissance missions. After a further year of fighting a hard fought victory was achieved.

£ SOLD

Making it truly unique and of historic interest as well as value, this magnificent oil painting is signed on the back of the canvas by Spitfire pilots Flt. Lt. John ‘Chips’ Carpenter DFC and Flying Officer Tom Hannam, both of whom flew ‘over the beaches’. Sadly, ‘Chips’ Carpenter passed away earlier this year.

Please call without delay to secure this painting for your private collection.

 

Buccaneer Strike Force

Buccaneer Strike Force

by Philip E. West

Oil on canvas painting.

Size: 24” x 40”

£ SOLD

The Blackburn Buccaneer, in its heyday the worlds most advanced low-level, high-speed strike aircraft. The Buccaneer is remembered with affection and respect as a purposeful-looking, rock-steady aircraft offering a formidable strike weapons platform, flying low and fast over the wave-tops or land with equal effectiveness, on this occasion in the presence of HMS Ark Royal.

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

- Philip West

36” x 24” Oil on canvas

Signed on the reverse of canvas by Sq. Ldr. Frank (Jerry) Fray

£ SOLD

18th May 1943, Sqn. Ldr. Frank (Jerry) Fray in his Spitfire PRX1 of 542 Squadron operating out of RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, returned alone and unarmed to gather photographic evidence of the Mohne Dam having been breached the day before by 617 Squadron. Jerry had previously flown over all three dams two days earlier to photograph them prior to the ‘Dambusters’ raid on 17th May. Even at 30,000 feet the disastrous effects of the flooding on the Ruhr valley below can be seen.


Cloud Companions

Cloud Companions

by Philip E. West

£ SOLD

 

SPITFIRES - MALTA BOUND

SPITFIRES - MALTA BOUND

by Philip E. West

£ SOLD

Concorde – The Last Flight Home

by Stephen Brown.

Original oil painting - Overall size: 36” x 24” (915mm x 610mm)

Wednesday 26th November 2003 is a day few who saw this majestic aircraft on her last flight will ever forget. On this memorable occasion thousands of people watch from below as Concorde (G-BOAF) passes gracefully over Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge en route to her final destination just a few miles away at Filton, Bristol.

£ SOLD

 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1
by Philip E. West

Oil on canvas sketch 9½” x 16”

£ SOLD


High over the southern coast of England in 1940 a Spitfire (Mk 1) of 609 Squadron from Middle Wallop, flown by Flying Officer John Dundas, lies in wait for enemy aircraft (Junkers 87 divebombers) on their way to attack British naval installations
at Portland.

 

Hawker Hurricane Mk 1

Hawker Hurricane Mk 1
by Philip E. West

Oil on canvas sketch 9½” x 16”

£ SOLD

The Hawker Hurricane was Britain’s most important aircraft in the Battle of Britain, credited with destroying more enemy aircraft than all other forms of defence combined. Flown by Flying Officer Arthur Cowes, the aircraft depicted shows seven kill markings displayed as stripes on the Hornet motif.

 

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond
by Philip E. West

£ SOLD

The SR-71 Blackbird is the world's fastest and highest flying jet aircraft. For over 23 years, the SR-71s gathered highly classified intelligence around the world for the President of the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Pentagon and other governmental agencies, allowing them to make crucial political and military decisions during the Cold War.

 

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

by Stephen Brown

£ SOLD


OUTWARD BOUND - Philip West

36” X 24” Oil on canvas

£ SOLD

With the sun setting behind them fully loaded Lancaster bombers from 57 Squadron East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, make their way out over the English Channel on route to target. Each crew member knew the dangers ahead but gave of their best at all times.

Night Hawks

Night Hawks

by Philip E. West

£SOLD

 

Concorde - Second to none

Concorde - Second to none

By Stephen brown

£SOLD

 

The Untouchable

The Untouchable

by Philip E. West

£SOLD

 

Preparing for the Tirpitz

Preparing for the Tirpitz

by Philip E. West

£SOLD

 

Dawns First Light

Dawns First Light

by Stephen Brown

£SOLD

 

Welcome Sight

Welcome Sight

by Stephen Brown

£SOLD

 

Safely Home - Philip West

Safely Home

- Philip West

£SOLD

 

The Black Tulip - Philip Wes

The Black Tulip

- Philip West

£SOLD

 

H.M.S. Ark Royal - Philip West

H.M.S. Ark Royal

- Philip West

£SOLD

 

<Mosquito Attack - Philip West


Mosquito Attack

- Philip West

£ SOLD

on behalf of a customer whose move to a smaller house necessitates reducing the size of his large collection of paintings.

Operation Jericho – The Amiens Raid - Philip West

Operation Jericho – The Amiens Raid

- Philip West

£ SOLD

on behalf of a customer whose move to a smaller house necessitates reducing the size of his large collection of paintings.

 

tireless vigilance

Tireless Vigilance

- Stephen Brown

Oil on canvas – framed. Overall size 56” x 34”

£ SOLD

on behalf of a customer whose move to a smaller house necessitates reducing the size of his large collection of paintings.
Please contact us for details
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With the grace and majesty of mighty battleships, a pair of Short Sunderlands sweep out towards the dangers of the North Atlantic. With a 12 hour mission ahead of them the Tireless Vigilance of the crews will once again play a crucial role in protecting vital supply lines from the menace of the German U-Boats.

 

 

hunters over the lakes

Hunters Over The Lakes

- Stephen Brown

£SOLD

Oil on canvas – framed.
Overall size 56” x 34”


Originally conceived as a counter to the growing Cold War threat of the Soviet Union, the Hawker Hunter went on to serve in the RAF for well over 3 decades, equiping a total of 30 fighter squadrons. It also provided much needed export revenues with sales to some 19 overseas airforces.

Right from its first test flight by Neville Duke in 1951 the Hunter has been universally acclaimed by pilots for its balance, control, manoeuvrability and responsiveness. In Stephen Brown’s dramatic painting, pilots of 66 Squadron put their Hawker Hunter F.6s through their paces on a training sortie over the English Lake District in 1959.

 

lancasters over kynanace

Lancasters Over Kynance

- Stephen Brown

Oil on canvas – framed.
Overall size 36” x 28”

Price: £SOLD

RAF Lancasters over Kynance Cove in Cornwall, returning from a daylight sortie over Northern France in the winter of 1944

 

catalinas of 210 squadron

Catalinas of 210 Squadron
- Stephen Brown

Oil on canvas – framed.

Overall size 46” x 26”

Price: £SOLD

RAF Catalinas of 210 Squadron low over the west coast of Scotland in 1944.

The Consolidated Catalina PBY-5 proved invaluable to the RAF in its efforts to defend vital convoys from the threat of enemy submarines, particularly during the Battle of the Atlantic.

 

 

"HEADING HOME "

- Philip West

£SOLD

 


SPITFIRE PATROL - Philip West

30” x 18” Oil on canvas

£SOLD

One summers evening, Douglas Bader (flying the Mk V Spitfire without cannons) and Johnnie Johnson (flying the Mk VB Spitfire with cannons) of the Tangmere Wing, share a few moments of peaceful flying whilst on patrol over the English Channel.

 

"OPERATIONS ON"

- Philip West

£SOLD

The evening mist begins to settle on the bleak airfield at Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire, as Lancaster aircraft of 101 Squadron taxi out for another dangerous nighttime sortie. The nature of their assignments during the war was a closely guarded secret. The unusual aerials on the front and top of the aircraft were used for intercepting and jamming messages between German fighter aircraft and their ground control.

 

 

"FINAL PREPARATIONS"

- Philip West

£SOLD

Soon to be cloaked in darkness, Wellington aircraft of 150 Squadron, RAF Newton, Nottinghamshire, prepare for another dangerous mission, never knowing if they would return.

 

 

"PHANTOM THUNDER"

- Philip West

£SOLD

An F4 Phantom of 92 Squadron, based at Wildenraf, Germany, about to embark on yet another QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) mission to intercept potential hostile aircraft during the Cold War. You can almost hear and feel the power of this incredible aircraft as it roars down the runway.

 

 

"MUTUAL SUPPORT "

- Philip West

£ SOLD

In the depths of winter, Halifax aircraft of 158 Squadron based at RAF Lissett, Yorkshire, make their final preparations before take off. A remarkable aircraft much loved by its crews.

 

 

"TEAMWORK"

- Philip West

£ SOLD

As night falls, Short Stirlings of XV Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall, Cambridgeshire, await their crews for yet another nocturnal mission. One of the almost forgotten Bomber Command aircraft that made a very significant contribution to the war effort.

 

 

"Loire Rendezvous"

- Philip West

Oil on canvas.

£ SOLD

 

 

 

"Final Encounter"

- Philip West

48" x 30" Oil on canvas.

SOLD

Returning from a raid over Lorient, France on the 17th May 1943 the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" came under close attack from Fw190s and Me109s. Fortunately no aircraft were lost and very little damage sustained to the 91st Bomb Group aircraft during this mission - the 25th and final one in the "Memphis Belle" for Captain Robert Morgan

Named after Capt. Morgan's wartime sweetheart, Miss Margaret Polk, the "Memphis Belle" was based at Bassingbourn, England and was the first B-17 to complete 25 combat missions and keep her entire crew alive - this at a time when eight out of ten aircraft were being shot down over Europe. During ten months of service the "Memphis Belle" dropped over 60 tons of bombs on France, Belgium and Germany, shot down eight enemy fighters, and covered over 20,000 combat miles. The "Memphis Belle" is now on display in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

"Maximum Effort"

- Philip West

£SOLD

 

 

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"Combat Rescue"

- Philip West

36" X 24" Oil on canvas

£SOLD


Once downed by enemy fire in North Vietnam, surviving US pilots were largely dependent on brave Skyraider, FAC and HH-53 Super Jolly helicopter crews to save them. Missions like this one in North Vietnam were always very dangerous, resulting in the loss of many rescue aircraft and their courageous crews. On this occasion the crewman on the ground has just broken cover and is about to be winched to safety by the Super Jolly helicopter crew under the protective cover of the Douglas A-1 Skyraiders - otherwise known by their call sign 'Sandy.' Keeping watch above is the Bronco spotter plane that first located the pilot on the ground, and then scoured the area ensuring there was no enemy threat to the rescue team.

Philip writes, "This is a painting I had wanted to work on for a long time. During the conflict in South East Asia, acts of heroism took place daily. None more so than the Skyraider and helicopter pilots flying as a 'Combat Rescue' team. Men of great courage and determination, who risked their lives to save others - actions that won them the respect and admiration of all around them. I am very pleased to record one such incident in my painting."

 

 

"Delta Lady"

- Philip West

36" x 24" Oil on canvas

£SOLD



Moments after take off, the mighty Avro Vulcan XH558 begins her majestic climb through storm clouds, out over the British countryside towards the North Sea. A masterpiece of British engineering excellence, with a crew of 5, she had a top speed of 625 mph and excelled at a height of 61,000 feet, as well as a remarkable low level capacity for avoiding radar detection. Built as a bomber and some 106 feet in length with a wingspan of 111 feet, she had no means of defending herself from attack.

Philip writes, "Few of us who have had the good fortune to see a Vulcan bomber fly will ever forget the sight and sound! A spectacular aircraft that went on to perform an even more impressive role during the Falklands war flying combat missions, each lasting around 16 hours non-stop. I truly hope we will once again see Vulcan XH558 take to the skies after its restoration has been completed at Bruntingthorpe."

 

 

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"Combat Over Korea"

- Philip West

40" x 30" Oil on canvas

£SOLD


The F-86 "Sabre" and MiG 15 were evenly matched. The MiG was smaller, and it could climb higher and faster. The Sabre was faster in level flight and in a dive, possessed a greater range and could turn tighter in a fast dive. The MiG had a single 37mm and two 23mm cannon, while the Sabre carried six 50 - caliber machine guns. On 19th July 1953 after his flight of four F-86s were set upon by 16 MiGs, John Glenn pursued and 'flamed' a MiG, the second of three he shot down during the Korean War. In total he flew 90 missions over Korea.

After the Korean Armistice, John Glenn flew a Chance Vought F8U "Crusader" jet across America in a record-breaking time of 3 hours, 23 minutes, 8.4 seconds. On 20th February 1962 he became the first American to orbit this planet. he made three orbits around the earth whilst piloting the Mercury "Friendship 7" spacecraft. In the mid - 1970s he became a member of the US Senate


Philip writes, "Though often referred to as the 'Forgotten War', I think the people who fought in the Korean War deserve more credit than has thus far been given. My portrayal of John Glenn breaking hard after shooting down a MiG, gives us a feel for what it might have been like on that memorable day in July 1953.

We can only try to imagine the feelings that went through the minds of both pilots, before and after the MiG was shot down. John Glenn's F-86 was 'his' aircraft to fly, as such his wife and children's names (LYN, ANNIE, DAVE) were painted on the fuselage. Known for his complaining about the lack of MiGs to attack, he went to his aircraft one morning to find MIG MAD MARINE had been painted on it in large letters!"


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"Homeward Bound"
- Philip West

36" x 20" Oil on canvas

£ SOLD

Struggling for height as she crosses the South coast of England, a damaged B-17 of the 91st Bomb Group heads home to Bassingbourne. With its bomb doors jammed open, an engine feathered and streaming smoke, the battle scarred B-17 and her injured crew are nearing the completion of yet another heroic mission over Germany.

Shadowed for most of their way back by P-51Ds of the 352nd Fighter Squadron (353rd FG), the B-17 "Ragged Irregulars" were assured protection against enemy aircraft. Running very low on fuel after a long day of escort duties, the P-51 pilots will soon need to peel off and make for their base at Raydon.

Philip writes, "With the best will in the world I don't think any of us non-military people can begin to imagine what it must be like to be shot at in a war situation, much less what it's like to be in an aircraft at the time. Time after time, the pilots and crew, if they were lucky enough to survive the last mission, were sent back into battle the next day. Both the P-51 and B-17 were incredible aircraft flown by men of truly extraordinary bravery. We all have a lot to thank them for."

 

"Chippy-Ho"

- Philip West

36" x 24" Oil on canvas

£SOLD

"Chippy Ho" and his wingman from VFA-195, hurtle through the sky with Mount Fuji in the background, armed and ready for action at a moment's notice. The McDonnell Douglas F-18 became the backbone of the US Navy and Marine Corps for the past twenty years. These two aircraft were based at Kadena AB, Okinawa and their armament consists of AIM-9L Sidewinders, AGM-88 missiles, sensor pods and drop tanks.

Philip writes, "With its F/A -18C Hornet aircraft this squadron has always been a favourite of mine. I think the Hornet is such a fabulous aircraft to look at anyway, but I must admit I am also attracted to the terrific artwork on the fuselage! I am very reluctant to part with this painting but I need the space!"

 

36" x 24" Oil on canvas

£SOLD

An atmospheric painting that reminds us of the very real threat once posed by Russia to the United States during the Cold War era. On this occasion two F-15A Eagles have been scrambled from the 125th Fighter Wing based at Jacksonville IAP, Florida, to intercept a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear long-range bomber.

Philip writes, "I am intrigued by the Cold War era and how many of us lived through it oblivious for the most part, to the threat of attack from Russia. The burden of responsibility on the shoulders of these US pilots must have weighed heavily; one mistake could have proved fatal for many thousands, and potentially millions of people. In later years the F-15 gave a good account of itself in the Gulf War, destroying 33 Iraqi aircraft. This is another painting I am somewhat reluctantly parting with!"

 

£££££ SOLD! $$$$$

£SOLD

 

 

"Phantom Patrol "

- Philip West

36" x 24" Oil on canvas

£ SOLD

Passing between the Shetlands and the Faroe Islands a soviet Tupolev Tu-142 long-range surveillance aircraft is intercepted by two FG1 Phantoms out of Leuchars, Scotland. Loaded with a full missile fit and long-range tanks, the Phantoms escort the Bear away from the UK air defence regions, which cover around 4 million square miles. All incoming aircraft that have not filed a flight plan must be investigated. QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) aircrew are ready day or night, in all weather conditions, and always find their target. This scene would be a regular sight for QRA aircrew investigating Soviet aircraft.

Philip writes; "The Phantom is one of my all-time favourite aircraft. It's impossible not to be impressed with the Phantom's 'I mean business' appearance. It's a big aircraft, with a performance and weaponry to match. The aircraft in my painting served with distinction throughout 1969 - 1989, helping to keep our country safe, and it gives me enormous pleasure to record a piece of history that so many of us at the time took for granted."

 
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